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1.0 out of 5 stars Shuffle 4th Gen is a Train Wreck, March 28, 2011
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Have had my shuffle replaced 2x in 3 months. Both times, the unit suddenly died on me. I use it in the gym and of course I sweat to some extent... But I'm not swimming with it and it's clipped to my shorts--I'm not wearing it as a sweatband on my wrists. The device becomes unresponsive, loses it charge and a royal disaster. Restoring it does nothing.

After having 2 Shuffles break in 3 months, I've lost faith in the product. Although Apple Support has been stellar, the product just doesn't work. I had been using Sansa Clips, but actually like iTunes, even though it can be a nightmare getting iTunes to recognize the iPod and the massive updates you have to endure. I also liked what I thought was a sturdier device, as my Sansa clip snapped off and I wanted to try the new Shuffle.

There's no reason for me to compare features against the Sansa, as well as how much better Apple Care is than what SanDisk could ever provide in terms of service. If your product doesn't work, there's no reason to buy it. My Sansa still plays music which is kinda the reason I bought it...Yeah, it's a pain to wear it w/o a clip, but it works. When my replacement Shuffle dies again, I'll toss it and buy a new Sansa
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Initial post: Apr 4, 2011 10:41:51 AM PDT
I know what you're saying about the Shuffles and how they 'die' when exposed to sweat. I went through 4 different Shuffles before I figured out that in most cases, one only needs to turn the unit upside down, so that sweat does not go down into the headphone jack. That's what ruined each of mine. The one I have now has worked great over the last year, solely because I began clipping the Shuffle on at an angle, sideways, so as to keep the headphone jack facing toward the ground. Not a guarantee, but it has worked perfect for me, and has saved me buying them every couple of months. Hope it works for you :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2011 12:57:11 PM PDT
B. Katz says:
Troy,

Thanks for the advice as my Shuffle just died for the 3rd time!! It won't power on and when charging, it became so I hot I thought it would catch fire. Apple Care was great and will be shipping me my 4th device in 7 months. They had me look into the headphone jack w/ a bright light to see if the inside turned pink, which is how they know if the unit was exposed to extreme moisture. Some people have washed their Shuffles...It was not pink at all, though.

I will see what happens when clipping to something other than my shorts, which has been my preferred location, since I can't even feel I'm wearing it. My 2nd Sansa, which I revived, still works, sweat and all. But I prefer the smaller Shuffle over the Sansa, which pops off at times.

I'll report back my progress down the road. Thank you again.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 9:55:09 PM PDT
Borello says:
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 2 GB MP3 Player (Black) This Sansa has a clip and is $30. You could also try the Pyrus mini mp3 for $10. PE Mini MP3 with Micro SD Card Slot (memory is NOT included) - Supports 1GB,2GB,4GB,8GB SDHC MEMORY (Memory Card not included) Or a waterproof mp3: Diver (TM) Waterproof MP3 Player. 4 GB. Kit Includes Waterproof Earphones. (Black)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 7:03:58 PM PDT
I bought one about years ago. Mine died after some months. I thought it was just a rare occurrence.
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